The DNC Intrusion, which has been identified as a Russian state sponsored activity by CrowdStrike, has consumed the cybersecurity news cycle for the couple weeks. I wrote Regarding Those Kremlin Trolls on June 4th, ten days before Guccifer 2.0 began releasing the documents from that intrusion.
My interest in Russian “Operations Psychological” began in late 2015, a fact which was memorialized by this post on Robert David Steele‘s Phi Beta Iota blog: Russian Information Operations The Menace of Unreality – How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money
Prior to a friend compelling me to pay attention to Peter Pomeranzev’s special report I had my own practice in this area, which is most clearly memorialized in the Conspiracy Brokers WordPress blog. Domestic politics gifted me with a steady supply of unhinged wingnuts starting in 2010, so I made use of them, until they slowly and painfully learned that using their web browsers to look for me was akin to staring into an open blast furnace.
Watching @realDonaldTrump‘s bizarre meltdown over the last forty eight hours, it’s clear that the Republican party is about to
become be made willing to address the hate groups that have overrun their party over the last six years.
The U.S. government can produce legislation, allocate funding, and prosecute the worst of it, but there are many things that need doing which would be violations of our 1st Amendment rights to free speech, free association, and free assembly. As a private citizen, taking action in this area is the dirty end of the domestic politics field, a place where I’ve been mired since 2010. The work is entirely legal, but extremely distasteful.
Here is some required reading if you want to be able to track what is said here. Concepts found herein will be referenced with little or no explanation, unless I’m expanding on a specific point.
Recursive Fury – Lewandowsky et. al.’s study of conspiracy theorists’ response to profiling
Know Your Enemies 2.0 – encyclopedia of advanced persistent threats (APTs)
Here is some recommended reading, things that have shaped my thinking over the years.
Understanding Clandestine Networks – JSOU publication on insurgent & terror networks
Challenge of Virtual Conflicts – JSOU publication on virtual aspects of insurgent networks
Here are a few Twitter accounts that qualify for automated RTs by me
@Peerlyst (infosec stuff, I’m writing here now)